The Ford Mustang GT offers a lot of performance for a reasonable price. It’s gotten more powerful and capable over the years, and a new YouTube video from Sam CarLegion shows how it compares to legends like the Audi R8 and Ferrari F430.
The Mustang has the biggest engine of the group with its 5.0 liter V8. The naturally aspirated engine produces 460 horsepower (343 kilowatts) and 420 pound-feet (309 Newton-meters) of torque. This example sends its power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. The Ferrari gets its power from a 4.3-liter V8 developing 483 hp (369 kW) and 342 lb-ft (463 Nm) of torque. It has a six-speed automatic transmission located between the motors and the rear wheels.
The R8 has the smallest engine – a naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 producing the least power. It produces 414 hp (308 kW) and 317 lb-ft (429 Nm) of torque. It has a six-speed manual, but the engine powers all four wheels, unlike its competitors.
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Another factor to consider is weight. The Mustang may not be the most powerful race car, but it is the heaviest at 3,801 pounds (1,724 kilograms). The Ferrari is the lightest at 3,400 lb (1,542 kg), while the Audi and its all-wheel-drive system split the difference at 3,605 lb (1,635 kg).
The first race from a dig saw the Ferrari rocket roll off the line, followed by the Audi. The Mustang struggled for traction but caught up with the Audi in the end, crossing the finish line just behind the R8. However, both lost to the F430, which easily won. Race two saw the Mustang get off to a much better start, beating the Audi at the start and taking second place, nearly catching the Ferrari in the process.
The two rolling races were truly battles between the Audi and the Ford, with the Ferrari flying to victory in both fights. The Mustang’s added power was enough to beat the Audi, taking second place in the final two races. Although the modern Mustang hasn’t beaten the Ferrari, it could keep up, showing how far performance has come in recent years.
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